The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III has finally hit US shores, and is available for around $189 on the AT&T 4G LTE network on contract. The handset is offered in either Blue or White, and you probably know by now that Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system is delivered out-of-the-box. That handset also delivers a large 4.8 inch screen with extremely high resolution, a fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 2.0 GB of RAM memory, one of only a couple of smartphones to offer that feature. But there are some hidden gems inside the Samsung Galaxy S III that really improve the user experience, and we are going to take a look at those now.
The Samsung Galaxy S III makes it easy to answer phone calls, as you can set up the home button for this feature. Go to Settings> Accessibility> Call Answering/Ending, and you can set this quick call answering characteristic. All you have to do is tap the home key to answer an incoming call, and the power key to end the call. You can also move smoothly from texting to talking without tapping. This feature is called Direct Call, and it allows you to call someone that you are texting simply by holding the phone up to your ear while in the text message screen. Handy when a text session gets out of control and goes on forever.
And if you are tired of your Galaxy III display screen dimming after a set period of time when you’re reading news articles, web pages or books on your handset, the Smart Stay feature is made for you. With Smart Stay enabled, the screen never turns off while you’re looking at. This utilizes the handset’s front facing camera and face detection feature. Simply go to Settings> Display to activate Smart Stay. You can also take screen shots with a quick swipe movement. If you want to share what’s on your screen, simply swipe the edge of your hand from left to right across the display to take a screen shot. You’ll hear the familiar camera shutter sound, and the image will go straight to your Gallery.
Multitasking while watching a video is also very easy with the Pop Up Video feature. Simply go to the Video Player, choose whatever video you want to watch, and then tap the icon located in the lower right corner. Your video will appear in a reduced size box on your screen, and you can move it to your preferred location by tapping, holding and dragging. This allows you to work on other apps and games while enjoying your favorite videos. You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III starting at $149.